Chatting with Friends – Odd Comments & Snappy Remarks


When I talk to friends, family and neighbors about my (mostly) secret plan to escape MegaCorp next April and live a life of early retirement, I’m starting to notice that the reactions people have result in one of about a dozen predictable comments.

Most people (90%) are nice and say “good for you, that’s amazing”.  But other times – a small percent of the time – the reaction is a bit odd. That is, a bit skeptical. A bit envious. A bit defeatist.  With these folks, I generally look to change the topic. I might have a snappy remark in my head, but most of the time I keep those to my “inside voice”. It’s better that way, because this is what I’m really thinking:

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For the most part, these aren’t people who have faced real hardship in their lives.  All seem to have had their opportunity to enjoy a…

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